Friday, July 24, 2009

Host a Russian orphan for 10 days

All of the children pictured below are Russian orphans available for adoption. They will be traveling to Tulsa next month to participate in Vacation Bible School programs and hopefully experience, even if for only 10 days, what life is like in a real family and real home. Last year our family attended one of their programs and we all left in tears, vowing that next time they were in town we would try to host one.

So guess what? We are going to have the opportunity to host this year! We are all very excited and anxious to find out which one of these beautiful faces will be "ours".

Can you please do me a favor? If you live in the Tulsa area or know someone who does, please consider hosting one of these children or at least tell someone else who might be interested. Several more homes are needed. If there aren't enough homes, somebody has to stay behind. :( Please, please help me spread the word. Thank you. We are really excited to be a part of this wonderful program. Click here to read more about it and feel free to email me with questions.

Alena, 10, calls herself “optimistic”, a description her delightful DVD demonstrates well. Alena, who wants to be a kindergarten teacher, smiled more as her interviewer’s English translations got longer.

Sergei, 11, knows his birthday is in the fall, but he’s been in the orphanage long enough he was not sure exactly when it was. At the time his interview was done, he had never had cake or ice cream.

Evjeniy Z., 12, wishes for a horse, pig, cat, and dog. He asked God to help him be a good student.

Lidia, 12, and Elena, 14, are sisters. They have lived in the orphanage over three years. Elena says she has gotten used to orphanage life. She finished eighth grade, where she was the best student. Lidia just finished fifth grade. Like her sister, she does well in school.

Dmitry, 11, shares secrets and everything else with his best friend. He likes visiting a teacher who makes crafts with him. Brother Alexander, 6, loves puzzles. He’d like to be a pilot in the future.

Vasily, 10, would like to have a real, little car. He says he once took a car apart with a friend, so he knows how to fix them.

Vitaly, 7, and Alexandra, 5, are siblings. A faith-filled host family is needed as no further information is currently available.

Evjeniy P., 12, said he is “trying so hard” in school. He speaks a little English and would like to practice it more in America. He said he would love to make the world a brighter and happier place.

Dmitry, 6, wants to be a soldier so he can protect people. He says he’s brave, though he is scared of snakes. He likes picking berries and mushrooms.

Dmitry K., 13,would like to be an archeologist because he’d love to go to Egypt. He said he’s read the Bible and knows that Jesus came to earth. He wishes he could help poor people.

Anastasia, 11, would like to be a rescue worker when she's older. She wishes for continued health (Sister of Anna, two photos below)

Confident Andrei, 12, having spent eight years in an orphanage, hopes for a good family. Enjoying both soccer and teaching, he hopes to meld these interests into a career as a soccer coach.

Anna, 9, wishes she could have a doll.

Anastasia, 14, enjoys physical education. If she could change the world, she would make everyone kind and nice. Anastasia was sick when interviewed, but did her best anyway.

Alexander, 12, is described by his orphanage director as a friendly boy, usually in a good mood, who needs a family very much. When asked if he has many friends, he said yes, explaining “the whole orphanage is my friend!”


Unknown said...

I wish we lived there! I would love to host one of these kids! :(

Tim Rovenstine said...

You amaze me Charissa, can't wait to her first hand how this unfolds.

thedickinsonfamily said...

What an amazing oppurtunity! You will be blessed and be a blessing. I can't wait to hear all about it.

Justine said...

I was excited to read this post Charissa! Maybe we can get together with our host kids!


Gayla said...

well, that just made me bawl my eyes out. if my father in law wasn't staying in our only extra room i would try to host one of them. please keep us all posted on how it goes! we can support you (and these precious kids) in prayer.

alicia said...

i wish I live near

Jaime said...

Charissa, could I get your email address?

Anonymous said...

I'd love to learn more about this opportunity. My email is I live in the Tulsa area.

Tina said...

Oh how I wish we too were there. We would definitely host, but God willing, we'll have that opportunity sometime here in Mamelodi, SA. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Trish Taylor forwarded this and I have spoken with Becky DeNooy but I would love to have a conversation with you when you have time. I have no idea how we would come up with all that money! Thanks and God bless, Chrissy Darden

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